I've watched a lot of serialized stories. The fastest moving series I watched was probably Z-nation. You could have as much plot development in an episode of Z-Nation than you'd get in an entire season of The Walking Dead. Discovery to me is reminiscent of series like Black Sails, 12 Monkeys, Killyjoys, The 100, Gotham and the like. All of which move along fairly quickly and require the audience to keep up with the pace and pick up character development as series move along. Absorption is on the fly. But it does require a quick mind and eye to catch everything that is spinning by. But I don't find they actually skimp on character any more than slower shows, they just do it differently. i didn't find Halt and Catch Fire to be somewhere in the middle. Not to fast, not to slow, IMO. On the other hand things like Counterpart, Man in the High Castle, the aforementioned Better Call Saul and Hell on Wheels are for a slower state of mind, sit and enjoy the scenery, feel the narrative waves lap along the beach. A lot less happens, and there's a lot more of people ruminating, sitting around and talking. But that doesn't mean those conversations always offer some kind of amazing insight that faster paced shows don't. And a lot of the time the narrative swings around to the same thing more than once. Each and every one of these has value providing one can speed up for the faster shows and slow down for the slower ones. But one does get a lot of "this show is batshit crazy bonkers" with shows that move fast, whether they are indeed batshit crazy bonkers or not. I think some people just can't keep up with a fast paced show. Its not a problem for me to match the speed I need to for whatever show I'm watching in order to pick up what's needed to get the story being presented.